Week in Photos 3/9-3/15

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army Spc. Austin M. Weyerman and fellow soldiers move into a village with a suspected weapons cache during Operation Southern Fist III in the district of Spin Boldak, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, March 3, 2013. Weyermann and the other sodliers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Striker Brigade Combat Team, enabled Afghan border police and soldiers to search for weapons caches and eliminate infiltration routes. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann
  • An Afghan soldier provides security from a vehicle as U.S. soldiers patrol in Jaba Village in the Boti Kot district in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, March 4, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Hallgarth
  • U.S. Army Spc. Thomas E. Coop, left, takes a knee while providing over watch security at an Afghan police traffic control point in the Spin Boldak district in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 28, 2013. Coop is assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Striker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Thomas Foster stands guard as Marines conduct a sweep of a compound near Patrol Base Boldak in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 3, 2013. Foster is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough
  • U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces move in on an enemy position together during the final comprehensive bilateral force-on-force training evolution during Exercise Forest Light 13-3 at the Hokkaido-Dai Maneuver Area, Hokkaido, Japan, March 3, 2013. The training began with the Marines and JGSDF patrolling separately on foot and by mechanized vehicles to reach a temporary position and setup a hasty defense. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock
  • U.S. sailors perform maintenance on an F/A-18C Hornet in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, March 11, 2013. The Stennis Carrier Strike Group is conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. The hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 97. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Marco Villasana
  • The last C-130E Hercules on Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 4, 2013, prepares for its final flight before retirement. The Hercules has been in service in the Air Force for more than 40 years and flew during the Vietnam War. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway
  • Two little girls dance with anticipation as they wait for a welcoming home ceremony to begin on Fort Steward, Ga., March, 7, 2013. Fifty soldiers, assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, returned home after being deployed for more than six months in Afghanistan.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Wrigley